A Minnesota man who tricked and ran away from a jailer on the walk back to his cell after a court appearance in Huron in April has pleaded guilty to escape.
Michael J. Smith, 37, entered his plea Tuesday before Circuit Judge Jon Erickson, who ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
Once he is sentenced for escape in Beadle County, Smith will be returned to Hastings, Minn., where he had already been sentenced to 25 months in jail for felony theft. He had been out on bond when he came to Huron.
His expected release date in Minnesota is September 2011. Once he has completed that sentence, he will be returned to South Dakota to serve the sentence for escape. He will likely be sentenced to the penitentiary.
Smith had been arrested here on a Minnesota warrant for felony theft and was also arrested for identity theft. That charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Smith and his girlfriend, Debra Kipka Marcado, 42, were arrested without incident in a house in East St. Paul, where they are from.
His escape led to changes in the manner in which inmates are handled during the short walk between the Beadle County Courthouse and the Regional Correction Center.
Sheriff Doug Solem said after the incident that all inmates will now be shackled.
Smith had been handcuffed, but not shackled because he had been arrested before on the same warrant and Minnesota authorities did not want him held for them.
After signing a waiver of extradition in court, Smith was being escorted back to jail when he stopped and acted as if he had a rock in one of his flip flops inmates wear. He kicked them off and ran to a nearby house and later was driven out of town in the trunk of a car.
Marcado is still being held in Minnesota.For the complete article see the 07-21-2010 issue.
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